AKWESASNE -- Carey Terrance powered past Casey Swamp on lap 14 and charged on to win the 25-lap Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modified feature at Mohawk International Raceway (MIR) on Friday night.
Also finding their way to victory lane on Lazore's Construction night were Chris Raabe, who captured his sixth DIRTcar Sportsman feature win, and Joey Foster, who won his seventh Bandit feature in eight starts.
Massena's Del LeGrow seized a huge lead at the beginning of the 25-lap 358 Modified feature, with Casey Swamp and John Lazore running second and third. Gage Morin, after starting last in the field, immediately got the attention of the fans, picking off five cars in the first three laps and starting a march towards the front of the field.
Terrance moved into the picture just five laps into the race, battling side-by-side with John Lazore for third for a couple of laps, before pulling ahead and starting to apply the pressure to second-place runner Casey Swamp. Swamp and Terrance both caught LeGrow by lap seven, leading to a three wide battle for the lead, with Swamp moving into the top spot, Terrance following through for second, and then Pat O'Brien, making a rare MIR start, hustled past LeGrow for third spot on lap nine.
Swamp clicked off some fast laps with Terrance hounding him, and on lap 14, Terrance found an opening, diving low going into turn one and charging to the top spot. The caution flag waved on lap 16 as Perry Francis spun in turn four and Ryan Helm slammed into Francis's racecar -- neither driver was injured in the melee. On the restart, Terrance stood on the throttle, while O'Brien charged past Swamp for second.
Terrance powered on for his fourth win of the season in the Twin Leaf Gas and Convenience #66x, while O'Brien simply ran out of laps and had to settle for second.
John Lazore and Casey Swamp staged a great side-by-side battle for third spot that went right down to the final turn, with Lazore getting the spot at the line in the drag race to the finish line. Swamp finished fourth and Todd Stewart rounded out the top five.
In the Sportsman division, rookie driver Kristian Smoke led the first seven laps and didn't wilt under the pressure of the "Teenage Tornado" Chris Raabe, but on lap eight, Raabe used a high, outside pass to swing around Smoke and move into the lead.
Sheldon Hoogwerf quickly scooted past Smoke for the second spot, setting up a two-car battle for the lead, while Smoke tried to hold off last week's winner Dylan Evoy. Evoy got past Smoke for third on lap 10 and from there on out, it was Hoogwerf and Evoy trying to reel in Raabe.
Raabe cruised on for his sixth Sportsman feature win of the season. Hoogwerf had a flat left rear tire with a lap and a half to go while running second, allowing Dylan Evoy to move up to the runner-up spot. Kristian Smoke posted his best finish of the season in third, Brad Winters moved up to fourth on the final lap and Hoogwerf nursed his car to a fifth place finish, running completely sideways on the track to hold the car off the wall.
The Bandits put on another great show for the fans with three and four-wide racing in the early stages of the event. Peter Cename tangled with another car and spun on lap one, putting him to the back of the field. This shuffled the starting line-up
and Gary Sharlow emerged from the first lap scramble to take the early lead, with Bennett White running second. With just a lap and a half complete, the familiar yellow 91J of West Stockholm's Joey Foster moved into the picture, making for a three-wide battle for the lead. Foster moved into the top spot a lap later and cruised on for his seventh win of the season. Peter Cename recovered from his first lap spin to challenge Foster for the win, but he had to settle for second by half a car-length, while Scott Mere made a late race charge to finish third. Derek Colbert recovered from restarting in the last row to finish fourth and Gary Sharlow rounded out the top five.
Racing action resumes at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday, July 2nd, as Frenchie's Chevrolet presents the Independence 35 for the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds.
This race will be round two of the Frenchie's Chevrolet American Revolution series -- Carey Terrance won the opening round, the Memorial Cup 35, back in May. There will also be a huge fireworks display, along with a full card of racing for the DIRTcar Sportsman, DIRTcar Pro Stocks and the Bandits. The first heat race starts at 7:45 PM.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010 -- LAZORE'S CONSTRUCTION NIGHT
FRENCHIE'S CHEVROLET DIRTcar 358 MODIFIEDS (25 laps): Carey Terrance, Pat O'Brien, John Lazore, Casey Swamp, Todd Stewart, Gage Morin, Lee Ladouceur, Clayton Benedict, Del LeGrow, Tom Jock Jr., Dave Heaslip, Ryan Helm, Perry Francis, Derrick Martin, Melvin Rush. DNS: Todd Stone, Ryan Jacobs.
DIRTcar SPORTSMAN (20 laps): Chris Raabe, Dylan Evoy, Kristian Smoke, Brad Winters, Sheldon Hoogwerf, Travis Back, Tom Benedict, Mitch Primeau, Brent Kelsey, Jenna David, Josh Jock, Luke Stewart.
BANDITS (12 laps): Joey Foster, Peter Cename, Scott Mere, Derek Colbert, Gary Sharlow, Nolan Swamp, Tammy Rogers, Rick Finch, Kevin Thompson, Darryl Mitchell, Joseph Barnes, Henry Lamica, Cory Castell, Bennett White. DNS: Andrew Fish.
Mohawk International Raceway is located in Akwesasne, NY, midway between the SeawayInternational Bridge to Cornwall, Ont. and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. From Route 37, turn south onto Frogtown Road. Racing is held on Friday nights at 7:45 PM from May through September, featuring the Frenchie's Chevrolet DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks, as well as the Bandit division.
The website is at www.MohawkInternationalRaceway.com. The MIR office is 518-358-3225 and on race days, the track number is 518-358-9017. The track is owned and operated by Mohawk International Raceway, LLC.